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September 19, 2019

How Democrats and the GOP in Congress Compare on Education Funding

This Congress is the first in four years to feature divided political control, and it shows in how they've approached U.S. Department of Education spending in 2019.

September 18, 2019

Federal Government Would Track School Shooters' Motives Under Democrats' Bill

House Democrats' bill that would require the Education Department to track school shootings in detail is part of a broader push on Capitol Hill to address gun violence, although it's far from certain it will succeed.

September 18, 2019

Senate Education Spending Bill Would Increase Aid for School Safety, Charters

The Senate proposal, which would keep overall Education Department funding virtually flat at $71.4 billion, differs dramatically from what House Democrats passed earlier this year.

September 10, 2019

Don't Scrap Military School Projects to Build Border Wall, Advocacy Groups Say

Education advocacy groups have panned a plan to divert money from military schools to help build a wall at the nation's southern border.

June 19, 2019

House Approves Record-High Spending Figure for the Education Department

Teachers' unions and school advocacy groups have applauded the House spending bill for the U.S. Department of Education. But there's a long way to go before final funding figures are set for key K-12 programs.

June 17, 2019

Congressman Who Sought to Scrap Education Dept. Wants End to Gun-Free School Zones Act

The Gun-Free School Zones Act was championed by 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden, but a Kentucky Republican says it too often leaves children vulnerable.

June 05, 2019

Education Department Unveils Disaster-Response Team as Aid Bill Heads to Trump

The new response unit will be dedicated full-time to helping schools recover from things like hurricanes and wildfires, Assistant Secretary of Education Frank Brogan told a House education subcommittee.

June 04, 2019

House Passes Bill to Protect 'Dreamers.' The White House Has Threatened a Veto

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide protections for 2.5 million people, including undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

May 17, 2019

Transgender Students, Athletics, Bullying: What the Equality Act Would Mean for Schools

Supporters of the bill say it would extend critical civil rights protections to more students. But opponents say it ignores parents' rights in schools and could lead to confusing situations for some children.

May 09, 2019

Democrats in Congress Hate Arming Teachers. Did They Miss a Chance to Curtail It?

House Democrats are using an education spending bill to address concerns about arming teachers directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to issue guidance on the issue. Could they have gone further?

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